RiverRidge Wedding Venue

In The Catlins, Otago - Nature's Paradise

The RiverRidge Retreat venue is nestled beside the Catlin’s river and beneath gorgeous native bush ridges on 15 acres of beautifully groomed grounds. The venue resonates peace and tranquillity – with its stunning outlook and peaceful surrounds, it is simply a slice of paradise.

Wake to the sound of an abundance of bird life, smell the freshness of the native bush and sit back and enjoy the tranquil location and peaceful surroundings at RiverRidge Retreat – “Natures Paradise”.

The venue is located in the very heart of the Catlins, Otago, NZ and is the southern most retreat in the world – one of the few untouched natural areas remaining and one of NZ’s last best kept secrets.

The Catlin’s is well known for its stunning natural beauty including majestic coastal cliffs, waterfalls, coves, sandy bays, white beaches, rain forests, rivers and hidden lakes.

The RiverRidge Retreat is an all in one destination wedding venue that has:

  • Multiple ceremony sites;
  • A new purpose built function centre that can seat 140 guests and was built to blend in with the native bush environment;
  • A wide range of Eco styled accommodation cabins that can sleep up to 80 guests;
  • A variety of fun filled activities available;
  • A team whom are inspired to ensure yours and your guests experiences are second to none and;
  • Lots more…..

Ceremony Sites at the RiverRidge Venue

Amazing options to choose from surrounded by nature. For example rivers, native bush, green fields and rolling farm land, sandy white beaches, waterfalls, rustic charm, bush life, flower gardens, and native gardens.

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Wedding Reception at the RiverRidge Venue

The RiverRidge Retreat reception centre was built to blend in with the native bush environment and the large windows and folding doors open up to this wonderful view. The centre itself includes a large seating dining area, with wooden dining tables and chairs, dance floor, fully equipped commercial kitchen and bar area, and a large covered deck to cool off on during the summer.

Wedding Cuisine at the RiverRidge Venue

We are committed to serving our guests only the very best of produce. It is for this reason why we only source local – the lamb and beef is reared and the vegetables are grown on the neighbouring family owned farm. You and your guests can enjoy the delicious food with piece of mind that all produce has been carefully nurtured throughout its lifecycle.

RiverRidge weddings offers an unforgettable dining experience. Included is a view like no other across native bush ridges.

Our executive chef works closely with the serving team, treating guests to beautifully cooked seasonal food prepared and served with passion.

Wedding Party and Guest Activity Options at the RiverRidge Venue

The activities include, at the Southern Most Retreat In The World;


Golf Driving Range

Trout Fishing



Bike Riding

Outdoor lawn games




Bouncy Castle for kids



And more…

Alcohol and Beverages at the RiverRidge Venue

Different arrangements can be made to suit you. BYO is an option.

The Stunning Catlins and all its Majestic Attractions

The Catlins is renowned for its variety of beauty – from the rugged Catlins coastline to hidden waterfalls. From native bush bird life, to sea-lions basking in the sun on sandy white beaches.

Transport To and From Venue

Transport from the airport to RiverRidge Retreat and transport from RiverRidge Retreat to the airport. Transport is also available from the retreat to other accommodation facilities.

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